Library to close for refurbishing
The Nelson City council has given the word on when Tahunanui’s Nightingale Library memorial is to close for a planned refurbishment.
The library will shut up shop between July 26 and October 15 as work is undertaken to start a new chapter in the library’s services.
It’s getting a $240,000 revamp, with Nelson City Council contributing $138,000 as allocated in its Long Term Plan ‘‘in recognition of the community’s aspirations for Tahunanui’’.
The remaining funds will come from the Nightingale Bequest.
The library will get new carpet, new heating and security systems, have improvements made to its lobby, get painting and varnishing, and have a new service desk installed.
There will also be reconfigurations made to both the staff room and the toilets, and a north side entry ramp for greater accessibility is set to be built.
Nelson City Council Group Manager of Community Services Chris Ward said staff would be temporarily redeployed to the Elma Turner and Stoke libraries during the closure.
He said they hoped to improve the library’s services.
‘‘Users can expect a more open and inviting community space at Nightingale Library Memorial with major improvements hopefully developing a hub for the community,’’ Ward said.
‘‘Usage varies widely by season, with a small but steady number in winter and a good number of visitors coming in the summer months.
‘‘This is why we are closing during winter months, for minimum disruption of business.’’
Ward said they were having discussions with other potential local locations that might be able to house a low-key library service on a temporary basis during the closure.
He said customers could also make use of the Stoke and Elma Turner libraries.
The council has advised that further details on the plans for the closure period, regarding both the refurbishment and library service, will be announced as they become available.